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Gianluigi Buffon’s amazing career hit another milestone last weekend, as the veteran keeper celebrated his 40th birthday. The Italian legend will mark it by making his return to the Juventus line-up having been ruled out for eight weeks with a calf injury.
The Juventus goalkeeper made his senior debut in 1995, but is still going strong, and was included in UEFA Fans’ Team of the Year for 2017. As Buffon prepares himself for the next matches, he says he will discuss his future with Juve president Andrea Agnelli, but he has ruled out leaving the club.
“I will meet president Agnelli soon. I want to understand what kind of clothes I can wear, if Juventus thinks that I can still be important”, he told La Repubblica. “I’d like to (keep playing), but the best solution should be found with the team. What is certain is that I do not want to become a problem for Juventus or for my teammates”, he added. Asked about the possibility of moving to pastures new, Buffon was unequivocal: “If Agnelli had to say no, it is Juventus or nothing”.
Since his debut, Gigi has won eight Italian titles, the World Cup and UEFA Cup (U21). In the last three seasons he has captained the Bianconeri to the league and cup double – the treble double, if you will.
As Buffon prepares himself for the next matches, he says he will discuss his future with Juve president
The Tuscan holds an array of Serie A records and made 175 Italy appearances before retiring from international duty in November. No one, not even young heir Gianluigi Donnarumma, will beat that.
The stopper, born in Carrara, a city famous for its white marble, went to five World Cups, making 14 appearances at the tournament, conceding only 10 goals. Even he’s got an awesome career, Buffon has never won the Champions League. Every time he has reached the final – in 2003, 2015 and 2017 – Juve have fallen short.